Top Batting Performances Over The Weekend, June 22-24

Presented here are the top 10 runs created tallies for position players from weekend series, June 22-24. Players must appear in the 2012 Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

Logan Schafer* MIL Nashville Pac Coast AAA 13 7 1 1 2 2 0 1 7.0
Chun Chen CLE Akron Eastern AA 14 8 3 0 1 0 1 0 5.5
Billy Hamilton# CIN Bakersfield California HiA 8 3 1 0 0 7 0 8 5.2
Yasmani Grandal# SD Tucson Pac Coast AAA 10 6 2 0 0 4 1 0 4.9
Nick Ahmed ATL Lynchburg Carolina HiA 14 6 2 1 1 2 1 1 4.9
Brian Goodwin* WAS Hagerstown S Atlantic LoA 12 5 0 0 3 1 2 0 4.8
Brett Jackson* CHC Iowa Pac Coast AAA 12 4 0 0 3 3 6 1 4.8
Mason Williams* NYY Charleston S Atlantic LoA 14 6 1 1 2 0 3 0 4.8
Aaron Altherr PHI Lakewood S Atlantic LoA 12 7 1 0 1 0 4 0 4.6
Aaron Baker* BAL Frederick Carolina HiA 12 6 2 0 3 0 3 0 4.5

• Triple-A Nashville center fielder Logan Schafer's recent hot streak (he's batting .413/.439/.627 with five walks and five steals in 22 June games) could portend a callup to Milwaukee in the not-too-distant future. Milwaukee center fielders—Carlos Gomez, Nyjer Morgan and Norichika Aoki—have batted .236/.298/.344 this season.

• The legend of Billy Hamilton grows. The Reds shortstop prospect collected a hit and scored at least one run in all three weekend games for high Class A Bakersfield, but even more exciting for his development was the fact that he also drew seven walks and stole eight bases without begin caught. (This despite him coming out of Friday's game with an apparent shin injury on Friday.) Hamilton drew three walks on Saturday (and stole four bases) and again on Sunday (and stole three bases), giving him 46 walks on the season and (gulp) 90 stolen bases through 70 games. If he keeps up that rate—and if he plays in every game the rest of the way—then Hamilton will obliterate every known record with 180 stolen bases. Those may be big ifs, but the minor league record of 145 is well within reach.

• A couple of on-the-rise center fielders in the South Atlantic League had nice weekends. The Yankees believed that added bulk would help Mason Williams unlock his power potential, and so far that has been the case for the 20-year-old Charleston RiverDog. Williams hit homers in back-to-back games for the first time this season on Saturday and Sunday, giving him seven on the year and raising his slugging percentage to .496. The Nationals' Brian Goodwin missed more than a month with a hamstring injury, but after a six-hit weekend in which four hits went for extra bases, the 21-year-old is batting .308/.413/.500 (37-for-120) with four homers and nine steals in 34 games for Hagerstown since coming off the disabled list.

Top Performance By A Prospect-Eligible Player Outside His Team's Top 30

Double-A New Britain right fielder Evan Bigley went 8-for-13 (.615) with a homer and three doubles over the weekend, and while the Twins farmhand didn't record a walk he did reach once via hit by a pitch. The 25-year-old Dallas Baptist product (10th round, 2008) ranks second in the Eastern League with 48 RBIs, though in 940 career plate appearances at the Double-A level he's batted a modest .267/.314/.421 with 20 homers.

Rough Stretch

Double-A Birmingham center fielder Jared Mitchell's road to redemption has hit a speed bump in June. The White Sox prospect went 0-for-11 with four strikeouts over the weekend, dropping his June batting line to .200/.307/.320 through 75 at-bats. Mitchell still ranks fifth in the Southern League in on-base percentage (.382), first in triples (nine) and third in walks (46).


The Bill James-devised runs created metric (Wikipedia entry explains ’02 version) rewards batters for avoiding outs and reaching base safely (on-base percentage) and for accumulating total bases (slugging percentage), two factors that correlate strongly with run scoring, and for obvious reasons.